"Running To The Sea" as written by and Torbjorn Brundtland Svein Berge....
I could hear them howling from afar
I saw them rushing to your car
In a moment all went screaming wild
Until the darkness killed the light

I remember running to the sea
The burning houses and the trees
I remember running to the sea
Alone and blinded by the fear

And the river flows beneath your skin
Like savage horses kept within
And all is wasted in the sand
Like breaking diamonds with your hand

I remember running to the sea
Remember falling to my knees
I remember gliding off the shore
Until I touched the ocean floor

And the river flows beneath your skin
Like savage horses kept within
And all is wasted in the sand
Like breaking diamonds with your hand

And the river grows inside of me
And the river grows inside of me
And the river grows inside of me
And the river grows inside of me
And the river grows inside of me
And the river grows inside of me


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"Running To the Sea" as written by Torbjorn Brundtland Svein Berge

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  • +5
    General CommentConsidering we're listening to a Nowgegian, Oslo based, singer,… I can't help thinking it refers to massacre at Utøya. Seeking refuge by rushing to the sea around the island and hoping you're save at the bottom. But no, it can't be.
    mvdvon April 14, 2014   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionIt is either about the zombie apocalypse or a deeply personal experience.
    lucianghon July 04, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"I could hear them howling from afar
    I saw them rushing to your car"
    - It was an accident and everyone is rushing to the scene

    "In a moment all went screaming wild
    Until the darkness killed the light"
    - Sirens of the ambulance came, but they couldn't get the victim in time

    "I remember running to the sea
    The burning houses and the trees"
    - She is running away. The fire isn't actually a fire, but the victim that died meant a lot to her and she feels her world burning down to nothing.

    "I remember running to the sea
    Alone and blinded by the fear"
    - She is away from everyone and terrified of what's to come.

    "And the river flows beneath your skin
    Like savage horses kept within"
    - This is just referring to the blood flow and that as the victim is helpless, the blood flows rapidly.

    "And all is wasted in the sand
    Like breaking diamonds with your hand"
    - Not sure here, but maybe signifying an impossible situation and that there is no going back.

    "I remember running to the sea
    Remember falling to my knees"
    - She has lost her strength and collapses

    "I remember gliding off the shore
    Until I touched the ocean floor"
    - She takes her own life.

    "And the river grows inside of me"
    - Her blood begins to flow rapidly just like the victim's blood as she nears death.
    Ex3cUtIoN11on June 27, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is talking about life and death.

    A past life or imagined death experience.

    after darkness kills the light (death)
    remembrance of running to the sea (ocean of consciousness)
    the burning house and trees (destruction of reality)
    'blinded' by the fear- subject misunderstands death as they're dying.

    And the river floats beneath your skin- RIVER refers to human connection to the OCEAN of consciousness

    Like savage forces kept within- Forces of the universe which the human is at one with

    And all is wasted in the sand- Sand of time that consciousness flows through

    Like breaking diamonds with your hands- 'You' as in the ocean of consciousness slowly eroding through the bedrock of time.

    The second account isn't 'blinded' by fear

    I remember running to the sea
    Remember falling to my knees
    I remember gliding off the shore
    Until I touched the ocean floor

    Ocean floor is the end of death and beginning of rebirth.

    And the river grows inside of me- The feeling of a growing connection to all things/ the universe
    zigfriedon March 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song is about oil and the industry which runs inside our vains even though we know it might be one of the main reasons of the destructions of the earth and the human race.
    snowreon January 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI believe this is about the feeling of blinding terror. About fleeing from your fear, fearing for your life.
    Tedd92on May 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAnother one of my interps..

    The drug dealer is the car.
    Everyone gets the drugs and goes wild.
    The burning houses and the sea are the feeling of the veins being on fire
    the river flows beneath your skin like savage horses kept within is the drugs being injected or the pulse increasing.

    And all is wasted in the sand
    Like breaking diamonds with your hand -- sand being crushed drugs and diamonds being still a chunk

    I remember running to the sea
    Remember falling to my knees
    I remember gliding off the shore
    Until I touched the ocean floor
    -- This part implying she is taking the drugs too and is getting farther away from reality until she hits rock bottom.

    and as the river grows inside, it is simply the addiction and that she cant control it
    Ex3cUtIoN11on June 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it's about an affair, and the breakup of a marriage and feeling alone and helpless...hitting rock bottom.
    arcticMooseon November 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI could hear them howling from afar
    I saw them rushing to your call
    In a moment all went screaming "why?"
    Until the darkness killed the light
    -Her lover/friend/family called out to her, and the zombies rushed at him/her, and suddenly everything went to crap. Setting/plot is 'finding each other in the mayhem of a zombie outbreak - town is on fire(of course)'.

    I remember running to the sea
    The burning houses and trees
    I remember running to the sea
    Alone and blinded by the fear
    Seeing her lover/friend/family rushed by zombies, she flees to the sea, the only place where there is hope of escape(via boat to somewhere not infected).

    And the river flows beneath your skin
    Like savage forces kept within
    And all is wasted in the sand
    Like breaking diamonds with your hand
    The adrenaline as she runs in fear, and the futility she feels despite the adrenaline.

    I remember running to the sea
    Remember falling to my knees
    I remember gliding off the shore
    Until I touched the ocean floor
    In a daze of hopelessness upon seeing no escape at the shore, she imagines successfully leaving - she does this to escape the reality of the situation - that she is about to be eaten alive.

    And the river flows beneath your skin
    Like savage forces kept within
    And all is wasted in the sand
    Like breaking diamonds with your hand
    Could be either the feeling of getting bit and there was nothing she could do to stop her turning into a zombie, or another adrenaline rush / hopeless moment.

    And the river grows inside of me
    And the river grows inside of me
    And the river grows inside of me
    And the river grows inside of me
    If she got bit, this is her changing into a zombie, relentless and unstoppable as a river. Or she is facing the oncoming horde and the adrenaline peaks up until 'screen fades to black'.
    Kryogenevaon January 29, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAfter watching the "official" video, I believe the song is about a daughter who wrestled with her demons as a young adult and took her life, and her father (in the video) is wrestling with how to cope with it.

    However, the explanation by MVDV regarding the Oslo shooting a couple of years ago is brilliant and I wouldn't rule it out. Either way, it's a beautiful song with a haunting message.
    jeff102061on September 12, 2015   Link

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